Location
Champaign, IL
Undergrads
31,118
Tuition (in-state)
$28,664 ($14,522)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Junior

Transportation: The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District has your back! There is a public transportation fee in the U of I student bill, so all you have to do is show your i-Card and you are good to go anywhere in Chambana. Their website makes planning trips very easy.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Aren't All Colleges Strict? Because it is such a huge school, there is a lot of red-tape and bureaucracy. However, also because it is so huge, there is a way to do everything; if there is something you need to do, chances are thousands of other students do as well. The policies are not overly strict. You can't do the things that you shouldn't do in school.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Most Diverse Big-Ten School – Here are some statistics taken from the Illinois website: 41,918 Total students: 31,209 undergraduate and 10,709 graduate and professional students, 53% men, 47% women, 6.0% African-American, 6.0% Latino/a, 12.0% Asian-American, 0.27% Native American, and 15% International

4 College Junior

Facilities: Good Academics but Also Good at Everything Else. There are many different options, clubs, societies etc. anyone can join. Lots to do even out in the middle of nowhere. Great academics also.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Very Popular With Sports. There are many programs to join if interested in sports, certain teams are very strong, others not so much. There are lots of fans and the student body is very supportive. There are many different sports fields and there's an option for club sports if willing to join.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Good Food, Good Prices. There are a lot of choices, very close to campus. They have fair prices and there are always coupons going around.

3 College Student

Drug Safety: Whatever You Want – If you're into drugs, it's not hard to find them. If you're not, it's not hard to stay away from them. Drugs aren't overwhelming here, but again, they're not hard to find if you look for them.

3 College Student

Diversity: There is a lot of racial/ethnic diversity at UIUC. People are very open to different cultures, economic backgrounds, sexual orientations, and religion. People here are very clicky though, and it can be hard to find your element if you're not rushing.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Great Way to Meet Friends – Large greek system so it is a major part of campus life. Tons of beautiful houses and seems like a great place to meet friends. Many people aren't in the system though so it isn't forced into your social life.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Many Selections – Good selection of off-campus housing and there are some great deals on apartments. But you have to sign a lease quickly in the fall for the great places for the next year.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Good from What I Hear – I am a part the private certified residence so I did not have a meal plan. But from what I hear, the dining halls have a great selection.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Always have fun social events and dining isn't too bad (good variety).

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Usually happens (assaults, robberies) during the very early hours of the morning (1 am, 2 am, etc.) involving persons who are alone.

4 College Junior

Academics: Most instuctors are very helpful and are willing to meet outside of office hours.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: There are many buses that run every ten minutes and being such a huge campus makes it easier to get to opposite ends in a decent amount of time.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Social Life – Many people are involved in the social scene on the weekends. There are usually floods of people on the streets of Champaign looking for the coolest place to be.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Campus Activities – The activities are a lot of fun, it seems like there is always something to do. They are good for people with a lot of different interests.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I Love U of I – I am so very grateful for my experience at the University of Illinois. This university truly gives you the freedom and the resources to make the most of your college experience. I am double majoring and getting a minor all within 3.5 years. I have had tremendous support from the advising staff and have met some incredible people along the way.

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Very Fair – The school has a very fair attitude towards campus strictness. All the rules make sense and are there for a reason. I truly feel that the campus is a safer place because of the police force and their strict enforcement of the rules.

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4 College Senior

Computers: There are too few computers at the undergraduate library. The wireless access is great, but in order to print you must use a school computer and that can sometimes mean waiting up to an hour for a computer to free up.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Something for Everyone – As far as unique goes, U of I is very unique. From our nightlife to our on-campus clubs and to the greek life, we always have something for everyone. I love it. I personally like our Orange Krush basketball 'spirit squad' we have. I personally am a member and I love being part of a group of kids just being rowdy at a basketball game. The social scene is very diversified and there are many opportunites to meet new people.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: There is many options for parking at the University of Illinois and most of the spaces are right outside most of the university residence halls so they are close and convenient. As far as ticketing and fines, I am not sure how strict they are. I didn't have a car last semester so I didn't receive any, but I do know of some people that got them. The price to park next to the residence halls is a little outrageous so the first year would probably be better without.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports = Love – Our school is very into our athletics, from our football team to our basketball teams, to our wrestling team. There are many 'spirit squads' for our athletics. One for example - that I am in - is called Orange Krush. We support our basketball team and cheer them on with many different chants we make up and just have a good time watching our team do well.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Work Hard, Party Hard – U of I is an amazing school where some of the best students are studying. The nightlife is great and the diversity of students makes it easy to make friends and keep long term friends. You can have fun but if you put your heart to it, come out of it with an excellent degree.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Let's Go Crazy – Nightlife at the University of Illinois is always on another level. You can simply walk the streets and be entertained by young college students trying to enjoy themselves aside from all the schooling they have had earlier in the day. The bars are always crowded and loud music can be heard blocks away. It's nto a far walk to the bars so not a lot of students drive their cars. Overall, the parties and bars and general nightlife at the University of Illinois is awesome.

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Emily Thiersch
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Wilmette, Ill.
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One might expect some tentative and even negative opinions about any school, but this is truly not the case here at U of I. Students are proud of U of I’s history, proud of is academic accomplishments, proud of the social opportunities it offers, and, most of all, they are proud to be alumni. For so many students to view their choice to come here as an unequivocally good one is a fantastic testament to the University’s strength.

Of course students here have plenty to complain about—the weather, the parking, the Greek social scene, the rural location. But all things considered, the positive points of the U of I experience tipped the scale—the University’s academic excellency, the safety, the social atmosphere, the athletic tradition, the city’s excellent transportation system. Some students admitted that they had a hard time adjusting, that they occasionally wished they had made another decision—but in the end, they were all happy to be here. The most encouraging fact was that so many people mentioned that they were leaving as better people, more knowledgeable, eclectic, and better equipped to navigate through life. University of Illinois students do not just leave with a piece of paper in their hands, they leave with a wealth of experience that is not easily rivaled—and, for in-staters, without enormous debt burdens to face when they graduate.

 

 

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